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by Russell Contreras   Popular Frank Sinatra tunes in Las Vegas hotel lobbies have been replaced by the likes of Sia and Rihanna. The final tower of the famed Riviera Hotel and Casino has fallen, and the Sands Hotel and Casino is long gone. A tribute show to the Rat Pack draws mainly retirees. True, Sinatra's Sin City presence is fading...

Chicken marsala and hot spaghetti are both smells you'll find in a typical Italian kitchen. Chris Schiavone, owner of Toni Rigatonis, said, "The kitchen is open so it provides the warmth. There's no enclosures so the warmth and the smells of the kitchen just waft through the whole restaurant."   Inspired from his childhood memories, Sch...

By Marc Stein The coaching search farthest removed from the New York Knicks-level spotlight could prove to be one of the most fascinating of the NBA offseason.   That's because the Utah Jazz, I'm told, are on that very short list of teams that will give bona fide consideration to breaking basketball's Euro barrier on the X's and O's side by...

It was recently reported today, Dec. 3 from both Variety and Indiewire that the 2015 Sundance Film Festival has announced their lineup. Part of their lineup is the Italian film "Chlorine." The film is in competition under the label as the World Cinema Dramatic Competition.   The film is directed by Lamberto Sanfelice. "Chlorine" is Sanfelice...

By Alison Highberger   Italophiles and foodies, prepare to be envious. A teacher and student from Central Oregon Community College's Cascade Culinary Institute will spend a month in Italy this winter, immersed in Italian culture and focused on the local food traditions.   Chef instructor David Trask and culinary student Melissa Acord...

The Ashland Parks Foundation considers an Italian marble fountain purchased at the 1915 Pan American Exposition in San Francisco the "jewel" of the city's park system. The Butler-Perozzi Fountain sits high on its own terrace on the western edge of famed Lithia Park below Ashland's stately Granite Street, where a house built by Domingo Perozzi...

We have an answer for that famous question Paul Simon and Art Garfunkle posed some 45 years ago: "Where have you gone, Joe DiMaggio?" The answer: Reno. Photographs and memorabilia of the late, great DiMaggio — from his early days with the San Francisco Seals to his Hall of Fame career with the New York Yankees — are part of a remarkable documenta...

"Turandot" is one of Utah Opera's most highly anticipated productions in recent memory. The opening performance Saturday lived up to the show's buzz — and then some. Possibly the only way to improve this production would be to shorten the intermissions, because after the thrilling conclusions of the first two acts, 20 minutes seems too long to wait...

By John Gottberg Anderson The only thing that really disappoints me about the new Pasta House Bar & Grill, in the Bend Factory Stores on S. U.S. Highway 97, is its lack of fresh pastas. The restaurant doesn't make its own pastas, and there are too few varieties of what it offers.   Beyond that — and partners Chip Simmons and Karen Davis...

di Claudio Lo Tufo   Las Vegas, la capitale del gioco d'azzardo, il sogno proibito di intere generazioni, sembra piegarsi alla bellezza italiana. E non solo per gli hotel stratosferici che riproducono le meraviglie del Bel Paese, ma per Cosmoprof Worldwide. Tre giorni dedicati alla cosmesi organizzati dall'italianissima Fiera di Bologna nell...

For almost a decade in the run of the pasta sauce competition at the Eldorado Great Italian Festival — the 32nd festival is Saturday and Sunday in downtown Reno — chef Ivano Centemeri of La Strada has been eminenza of the cook-off, its chief judge, its best raconteur. For many festivals, I've judged alongside him.   Last year, nearly 50 fami...

Seattle will now observe Indigenous Peoples' Day on Columbus Day in the city.   A resolution that passed the City Council unanimously Monday said Indigenous Peoples' Day will celebrate the contributions and culture of Native Americans and the indigenous community in Seattle on the second Monday in October, the same day as the federally recog...